LIVINGSTON, NJ — Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) in Livingston achieved Magnet recognition this month as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.
According to SBMC, the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. With this credential, SBMC joins the global community of Magnet-recognized organizations, which includes 477 U.S. health care organizations out of more than 6,300 U.S. hospitals.
“Magnet recognition provides our community with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of patient care,” said Stephen Zieniewicz, FACHE, president and chief executive officer at SBMC.
Vice president and chief nursing officer Jennifer O’Neill, DNP, APN, NEA-BC, added that achieving this recognition reinforces the culture of excellence that is a cornerstone of how SBMC serves the community.
“It’s also tangible evidence of our nurses’ commitment to providing the very best care to our patients, of which we are extremely proud,” she said.
Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and their communities, such as the following:
- Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information.
- Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue rates.
- Higher job satisfaction among nurses.
- Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions.
Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a factor when the public judges health care organizations. U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.
The Magnet Model provides a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC evaluates applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence.
The foundation of this model comprises various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.
To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. This process includes an electronic application, written patient care documentation, an on-site visit, and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.
To learn more about SBMC visit www.rwjbh.org/saintbarnabas.